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PART 5 – Michael Penfold gives an introductory history of how the Bible has been translated into various languages, including English, before highlighting 4 main issues to be considered in the task of Bible translating – motive, men, manuscripts and method. Based on the fact of the plenary verbal inspiration of Scripture, he emphasises that the Bible should be translated according to principles of formal, not dynamic, equivalence (Message preached 18th Feb 2018)
Mervyn Hall preaches on the purpose and value of the Bible for the Christian in today’s world. It is a “light” that enables us to “look out” and employ a Biblical worldview. It is also a “lamp” with which to “look down” and be guided in our Christian walk. Finally it is a “mirror” with which to “look in” – it corrects, challenges and rebukes us and causes us to seek to be more holy and more like our Saviour (Message preached 15th Feb 2018)
PART 4 – Elton Fairfield preaches on the annual festal calendar of the nation of Israel from Leviticus Ch 23 – otherwise known as “the seven feasts of Jehovah”. He expounds the spiritual significance of the passover, the feast of unleavened bread, firstfruits, Pentecost, trumpets, atonement and tabernacles (Message preached 11th Feb 2018)
PART 3 – Elton Fairfield preaches on the significance of the holy of holies, the room that lay behind the veil in the Tabernacle. There stood the ark of the covenant and its mercy seat, or lid of atonement. Elton spends some time in Leviticus Ch 16 looking at the ‘day of atonement’, the only day on which the High Priest entered beyiond the veil and sprinkled blood on and before the mercy seat. The typological significance of these themes are expounded (Message preached 10th Feb 2018)
PART 2 – Elton Fairfield preaches on what it was like “within the chamber” (the holy place) with its table, lampstand and altar of incense, and the typological significance of all of these things. He explains why the door had 5 pillars, while the gate had only 4, even though they had the same square footage in surface area. Listen for his explanation as to why the lampstand had 22 buds, 22 flowers and 22 almonds (Message preached 10th Feb 2018)
(There was a technical problem with the first recording in this series – our apologies. Part 2 is therefore Part 1 on this website).
PART 1 – Elton Fairfield preaches on the significance of the Tabernacle’s gate, and the first two items of furniture – the brazen altar and the laver – a person would meet as they stepped into the “courtyard” of the Tabernacle. The altar’s design, dimensions, dominance and designation are all outlined as is its typological significance. The need and function of the laver is also expounded with particular reference to John Ch 13 (Message preached 9th Feb 2018)
PART 4 – Dan Rudge explains why there are 66 books in the Bible, and only 66. How did these books qualify for entry into the “canon of Scriture”? What principles determined their selection? Are we sure we have the correct number and assortment of Bible books? What about the apocrypha and other “gospels” that are not in the Bible? These are other questions are answered in this helpful message (Message preached 4th Feb 2018)
PART 3 – Josh Jacob traces the chain of movement from God to man – revelation, inspiration, inscripturation, preservation, transmission, canonisation and translation. Then he homes in on how the originals have been preserved. He compares the number, accuracy and dates of hand-written Greek and Hebrew Bible manuscripts with what is available for other ancient works of literature, and finds the Bible to be the best attested ancient book in the history of mankind (Message preached 28th Jan 2018)
PART 2 – Peter Scarsbrook expounds the truth of the “inspiration of Scripture”, basing his remarks on the two relevant and crucial New Testament passages – 2 Tim 3:15-17 and 2 Pet 1:19-21. What is “inspiration”? Are the actual words inspired, or just the thoughts and ideas they embody? These and other questions are examined as Peter defends with verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible (Message preached 21st Jan 2018)
PART 3 – Jonathan Black preaches on the topic of Christ as our Great High Priest under 6 headings: the office, the order, the oath, the offerer, the offering and the outcome. Basing his remarks on the epistle to the Hebrews, Jonathan explains that Christ is priest “after the pattern of Aaron” and after “the order of Melchizedek”. Christ’s death was a priestly offering, offered by our Great High Priest, once for all, in the completed value of which He entered once into the holy place not made with hands (Message preached 14th Jan 2018)